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Texarkana's arts council names executive director

by Karl Richter | November 20, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.
Jennifer Unger, pictured, is the new executive director of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council. Unger has worked for TRAHC for more than 17 years, serving as the education director for much of her tenure and most recently as the interim executive director. (Submitted photo)

TEXARKANA, Texas -- The Board of Directors of the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council has named Jennifer Unger as executive director.

Most recently in her 17-year tenure at TRAHC, Unger served as interim executive director, following the retirement of Brian Goesl at the end of August. She also served as the organization's education director.

As education director, Unger partnered with local teachers to help bring art into classrooms and facilitated Theatre for Young Audience performances, according to a news release. She is a National Teaching Artist, bringing the arts to teachers and students across the country. She serves on the Kennedy Center Advisory for the Partners in Education.

"Jennifer Unger brings lots of experience to the position of Executive Director. She knows the organization and she knows Texarkana, TRAHC Board President Dr. Charles Fortenberry said. "With her unique background, she has been able to hit the ground running.

"As Interim Executive Director she perceived a larger vision for the future of TRAHC, and it's exciting to see this vision now unfold. Under her leadership, TRAHC will continue to grow in its mission. Jennifer and her team are launching exciting new projects that answer the demands of our ever changing world, while keeping those familiar and historic TRAHC experiences alive with our Perot Theatre Series and programs at the Regional Arts Center."

President-Elect Phyllis Deese agreed.

"We are so excited for the future of TRAHC with Jennifer Unger as the Executive Director," she said. "During her tenure, Jennifer has demonstrated a passion for the arts in education and our community. She brings her wealth of knowledge and experience into this leadership role, and we know that great things are ahead for us."

Unger said she is looking forward to bringing her love of the arts and of TRAHC to the Texarkana community.

"It is an honor to step into this new leadership role," she said. "I am privileged to be able to further TRAHC's mission to 'grow people and community through the arts' every day. I look forward to working alongside the amazing people of this community to keep TRAHC on track in this new era of opportunity and growth."

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